Sheriff Warren announced that Colonel Sonya Allen will become the agency’s Chief Deputy Sheriff this August and will be second in command of the Sheriff’s Office.
Allen, a Cobb County native, has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 1992. She grew up in East Cobb and graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1987. She attended the University of West Georgia where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in 1991 and John Marshall Law School receiving her Juris Doctorate in 1999. She is a member of the State and County Bar and a graduate of Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders and is also adult leader for the Cobb Youth Leadership Program. She’s very active in her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and as a Gymnastics Judge for the Georgia High School Association Varsity Sports.
Throughout her career at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, she has been assigned to Detention, Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit, Field Operations, Fugitive, Court Services, Criminal Investigations Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit. She is currently assigned to the Executive Office and oversees legal, legislative, budgeting and contractual services for the agency.
“I have seen how Sonya has gained a broad range of experiences during her career and how she has used those skills and expertise to positively impact the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Warren. “She has been an excellent role model for accountability, public service and community engagement.”
A Kennesaw resident, Allen has a daughter that recently graduated from Harrison High School and will be attending the University of North Georgia this fall. She will be replacing retiring Chief Deputy Milton Beck on August 23, 2019.